Tea During Pregnancy Reduces Infant’s Weight

Researchers at the Swedish Sahlgrenska Academy and the Norwegian Institute of Public Healthy have found that coffee and tea during pregnancy reduced the infants’ weight.

There were 59,123 pregnant Norwegian women who participated in the study. Only two cups of coffee per day increased the risk of a lower birth weight, but it’s not clear whether it was the caffeine that caused the lower weight. More studies are needed, said researcher Verena Sengpeil.

The study was published in BMC Medicine on February 19, 2013, under the title Maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy is associated with birth weight but not with gestational length: results from a large prospective observational cohort study.

Liptagram – Photo Challenge from Lipton Tea

Lipton tea has launched a marketing campaign on Instagram for young people (aged 22–30). It’s a photo challenge that will be running for four weeks, and there will be a new theme each week. One overall winner will also win a trip to Kenya for two.

The scope of this campaign, called Liptagram, includes 11 countries:

  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • The Netherlands

More information available on Lipton’s Facebook page.

High Tea from Twinings

British Airways has commissioned Twinings to develop a new teabag that would make tea as palatable at 35,000 feet as on the ground. British Airways serves approximately 35 million cups of tea a year, and has now launched a “campaign to improve tea in the air”, said Kate Thornton at British Airways.

Tea from Assam (India), Kenya and Sri Lanka make up the new blend that will be available to customers from February 1, 2013. Twining said that two of these are “particularly suited to fast extraction at altitude”.

The problems with tea drinking at high altitude is that taste is reduced by up to 30 per cent according to research. And water will boil already at 89°C. These are the reasons why British Airways thought it necessary to offer a specially developed high altitude blend.

“Om te” in English

The Swedish tea site “Om te” has been live for a few years now. It was started in 2006. And finally, time has come to translate the entire site into English, which is currently being done. The translation will hopefully be completed within the next few weeks or months.

The following pages have already been translated:

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International Tea Producers’ Forum

The biggest tea producing countries have established a new organization called ”International Tea Producers’ Forum”. The objective is to increase demand for tea through marketing activities and to ensure a sustainable tea production.

Price stability also seems to be on the agenda, which according to Financial Times should be interpreted as: ”Let’s push up prices as much as we can.” During the 1930s crisis, the tea industry successfully raised prices by limiting production. It’s however not known whether the member countries will want to limit their production.

The member countries of the new organization are India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda. It’s unclear whether China will participate. The headquarters of the new organization will be situated in Colombo.